Drsika: Pancha Asanas

Practical Yet Analytical Perspectives for Five Familiar Poses

Taught in Conjunction With White Crow Yoga.

Join Mary Irby and me for a thought-provoking course designed to offer various perspectives of five familiar (and some possibly unfamiliar) asanas.


In this course participants will learn:

  • the Sanskrit name of each pose and ways in which that name informs our practice 

  • benefits/uses (the intentions behind the pose)

  • modifications, props, & /or assists 

  • primary (and some auxiliary) muscles lengthened

  • primary (and some auxiliary) muscles lengthened

  • Interesting tidbits to sprinkle into your teaching

The asanas:

1. Paschimottanasana/Seated Forward Fold

2. Ardha Matsyendrasana/Seated Spinal Twist

3. Chakrasana/Urdhva Dhanurasana/Wheel

4. Parighasana/Gate

5. Parsva Kakasana/Side Crow

This course also includes access to:

  • over 75 pages of notes, tidbits, diagrams, and pictures regarding the five asanas and variations

  • demonstration of many of the modifications and props are also explained and provided within the written and still photo sections of the course

  • Zoom conference sessions for instruction, analysis, and discussion   

  • two one-hour class videos to help demonstrate preparatory and follow-up poses as well as use of modifications and props to provide access and challenge for a variety of students

  • 20 minute video tutorial for the function, integration, and methods of engaging and lengthening the Quadratus Lumborum, 

Because the course is taught in conjunction with White Crow Yoga, students  also have access to the invaluable experience and expertise of Mary Irby, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, CTP, YACEP.

Expectations of the Student: Participate in Zoom session(s); Successfully complete homework (some still pictures or video segments are required); and successful completion of corresponding mini-quizzes within each of the five lessons.   

If you are looking for CECs that will help you dig a little bit deeper into poses you know have so much more to them but you just can't seem to find the time to research, this course may be for you. Whether you are looking to enrich your own practice or find some interesting ways to assist and engage your students, I hope you find this course enjoyable and useful. Please watch this "About" video.

Option 1: Yoga Alliance CECs: 10 CONTACT  

Option 2: Yoga Alliance CECs: 10 Non-Contact

Option 3: Yoga Alliance CECs: 2 Non-Contact

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